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My 5 year old son was accused of inappropriate touching of a girl in class. Child Services came out and informed us of the situation. They want an interview with my son. Can I be present

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Indiana

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Found out at 6 pm today, starting leaving messages to contact me. Most offices were closed

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Just I am very confused on the situation and what to prepare for

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They cannot interview your son in your home without your consent. They will likely want to talk to your son without you to make sure you're not signalling him what to say. If they want to talk to him alone and you insist on being present, they won't conduct the interview. Either they will find him at school, where they can talk to him alone, or they will get a court order which would allow them to talk to him without you.

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Do you recommend legal counsel present at this interview. Does he need representation? Do we the parents need representation?
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